Easy-to-prepare recipes for five classic homemade salad dressings; a Classic Vinaigrette (with two variations), Blue Cheese, French, Green Goddess and Ranch.

Classic Homemade Salad Dressings

Homemade salad dressings are easy to make, preservative-free and, in our opinion, better tasting than the bottled variety.

Here we have our versions of five of the most popular dressings: Classic Vinaigrette & 2 variations, Blue Cheese, French, Green Goddess and Ranch.

We like to whip up a couple at the beginning of the week so that they’re on hand for weeknight salads.

Classic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
Classic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Classic Vinaigrette

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Easy-to-prepare recipes for 5 classic salad dressings – Classic Vinaigrette (with 2 variations), Blue Cheese, French, Green Goddess and Ranch

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon shallot, very finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard and salt. While still whisking, add the olive oil in a slow drizzle until the dressing has emulsified (thickened). Stir in the shallots and black pepper.

For a Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette:

  • Substitute lemon juice for the vinegar, add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon zest, and replace the shallot with 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil.

For a Creamy Vinaigrette:

  • Add 2 teaspoons pasteurized egg (Egg Beaters or similar), omit the mustard and add 2 teaspoons of heavy cream.
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Classic Homemade Salad Dressings

Blue Cheese Dressing

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon shallot, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, very finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vegetable oil, vinegar and salt until smooth and well blended. Stir in the shallot, garlic, black pepper and blue cheese.
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Classic Homemade Salad Dressings

French Dressing

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash hot sauce, optional
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic, very finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and vinegar. While still whisking, add the oil in a slow drizzle until the mixture has emulsified (thickened). Stir in the grated onion, garlic and black pepper.
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Green Goddess

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add the parsley, tarragon and chives to the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, oil, vinegar, salt, garlic and freshly ground black pepper. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
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Buttermilk Ranch

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne, optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, oil and vinegar until well blended. Stir in the garlic and chives. Season to taste with salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne if desired.
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